Tottenham have finally got it right – at the third time of asking.
Daniel Levy’s obsession with mining wide players from France looks like nearing justification after Lucas Moura’s sparkling full debut on Sunday.
The brilliant Brazilian was the best player on the pitch on Sunday – albeit against League One basement side Rochdale – and gave Spurs fans a taste of what’s to come.
But it’s been a real slog to get the right man.
In each of the last three seasons Spurs have identified, wooed and signed a Ligue 1 winger with the hope of effectively completing their attacking unit.
Harry Kane is the best striker in England, Dele Alli the modern number ten, Christian Eriksen a creative force to be reckoned with and Heung-min Son a prolific wide forward.
But they’ve always lacked a conventional, out-and-out wide man capable of sparking something out of nothing.
In 2015 they moved for Clinton N’Jie but he lasted just a year before being sent back to France with Marseille.
Unfazed by previous failings, Spurs then returned to sign the man N’Jie would replace at Marseille in Georges-Kevin N’Koudou the following summer.
But to say N’Koudou wasn’t a Mauricio Pochettino type player would be an understatement.
The Spurs boss has both privately and publicly castigated the French winger, demanding him to ‘show more’ amid behavioural flaws before his loan move to Burnley in January.
Between them N’Jie and N’Koudou made less than 20 Premier League appearances and failed to find the net once.
Lucas then has arguably made more of an impression in 75 minutes than both did during their short-lived Spurs careers combined.
The 25-year-old arrives at Tottenham with both a point to prove and proven pedigree after six months of frustration at PSG.
Unlike his predecessors Lucas has consistently caught the eye and was wreaking havoc in France before Neymar and Kylian Mbappe moved to Paris.
At £25m Lucas was twice as expensive as N’Jie and N’Koudou but he’s twice the player.
With Spurs still pursuing targets on three fronts Lucas could prove to be a bargain addition, particularly considering his availability in the Champions League.
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